Bless Box Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 Haul in Box
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Bless Box | Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 | Unboxing & Honest Review

This is a review and unboxing of the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box. This limited edition box is not included in the standard Bless Box subscription.

Bless Box Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 Haul in Box

Bless Box is a monthly subscription service for women curated by lifestyle blogger Sazan Hendrix: “your digital bestie as your own personal stylist.” Each box includes an amazing assortment of beauty, skincare, fashion, lifestyle, health, and home products that Sazan herself would use, with a promised retail value of around $150 or more.

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About

The Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box contains 21 items and carries a total advertised value of over $300. Wow!

This limited edition box is not included in the standard Bless Box subscription. That means that subscribers must order and pay separately for this box. So fellow Bless Babes, make sure you order before they run out!

And that also means that non-subscribers are welcome to purchase this Winter Bonus Box. This is a perfect way to sample Bless Box before diving into a subscription. And you can also just dip in your toes so that you don’t miss out on all the Bless Box fun. Score!

Bless Box Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 Open Box

Packaging

The Winter Bonus Box came in a cute green box with the standard Bless Box branding.

Bless Box Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 Shipping & Packaging Box

The Haul

And now to the goodies! I was so excited to open the Winter Bonus Box! It contained 21 items, each with its own themed label, like “Something Kissable” and “Something Healing.”

Bless Box Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 Haul Scattered on Tabletop with Crinkle Paper

It also contained a 21-page glossy color informational pamphlet with photos, information, and tips about the products included in the box, as well as a couple of bonus articles.

As usual, the brochure was full of killer tips and tricks. It is going straight to my beauty reference shelf (a.k.a. my medicine cabinet ????). I did notice that there was a production mishap, with one of the descriptions in the brochure being a holdover from the December 2018 box.

Bless Box Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 Pamphlet Cover

Without further ado, here are the items that I received in my Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box:

  • 1. Something Peachy: A’del Natural Cosmetics, Lipstick in Barely There (4 g)
  • 2. Something Stylish: Antik Kraft, Card Holder in Mustard
  • 3. Something Blessed: Bless, Exclusive Winter Beanie in Hot Pink
  • 4. Something Powerful: Dr. Axe, Multi-Collagen Protein Stick Pack (10.2 g)
  • 5. Something Protecting: Kérastase, Ciment Thermique Blow Dry Primer (150 ml)
  • 6. Something Conditioning: Pistaché Skincare, Whipped Pistachio Body Butter (1 oz)
  • 7. Something Healing: Ollie Belle, Cover Dot Acne Care (36 dots)
  • 8. Something Neat: Flint, Lint Roller in Arctic Wind
  • 9. Something Golden: Lonvitalité, 24k Gold & Collagen Eye Mask (1 pair)
  • 10. Something Brilliant: La Tweez, Black Illuminating Tweezers with Diamond Dust Tips
  • 11. Something Kissable: Hanalei, Lip Treatment in Mauve Pink (5 ml)
  • 12. Something Bright: Amazing Cosmetics, Illuminate Primer + Highlighter in Rose (2 ml)
  • 13. Something Glowing: NKD SKN, Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturizer (50 ml)
  • 14. Something Hydrating: Soapiary, Bamboo Hydrating Soap (5 oz)
  • 15. Something Yummy: Corazonas, Heartbar Oatmeal Square Mini in Cranberry Flax (25 g)
  • 16. Something Motivating: Sticky Be, Yoga Ankle Socks in Stone Grey/White
  • 17. Something Magical: Neat Skincare Co. NY, Selfie Magic Facial Oil & Makeup Primer in Organic Argan + Sweet Orange + Vit E. (30 ml)
  • 18. Something Juicy: Soon Skincare, Hydrating Watermelon Lip Mask (3 g)
  • 19. Something Chic: XenClip, Large XenClip in Hematite
  • 20. Something Travel Ready: Nion Beauty, Opus 2Go Brushes
  • 21. Something 100% All Natural: Green Goo, Skin Repair Travel Tin

1. Something Peachy: A’del Natural Cosmetics, Lipstick in Barely There (4 g)

The first item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a tube of lipstick from A’del Natural Cosmetics in the “Barely There” shade.

A'del Lipstick in Barely There

About

This nude peach lipstick is from a line that is intended to double as a moisturizer and a splash of color for the lips. It is made as an easy entrée into lipstick for women who usually prefer lip balm. And as a bonus, it is made in the USA and checks the important boxes as a clean beauty item: no parabens, synthetic fragrances or preservatives, nano particles, or petrol products.

A’del Natural Cosmetics was founded by husband and wife team, Arlene and Kelly Doherty, in 2014. The Louisiana company got its start when Arlene started to suffer from health problems and struggled to find cosmetics with truly “clean” and “natural” ingredient lists.

My Thoughts

This shade really lives up its “Barely There” name! It is basically exactly the same color as my own lips, so the lipstick just deepens and defines my lips to give them a bit more of a pop.

Surprisingly, the lipstick also delivers as a moisturizer. It does not get cakey or dry on my lips, even after sitting for several minutes. This is an accomplishment because my lips tend to be incredibly, incorrigibly dry, and there are many lipstick brands that never work for me. This is one that I can see adding to that beloved make-up pouch in my purse!

Ingredients

This lipstick is made from organic castor oil, organic jojoba oil, organic beeswax, coconut oil, organic carnauba wax, organic shea butter, Vitamin E oil, titanium dioxide, mica, and iron oxides. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this lipstick is $22.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get a tube of this lipstick for yourself, you can purchase it directly from A’del.

2. Something Stylish: Antik Kraft, Card Holder in Mustard

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a mustard-colored card holder from Antik Kraft.

Antik Kraft Card Holder in Mustard

About

This card holder has 8 standard card pockets, 1 ID card window pocket, and a small zippered coin pouch. You can unfold the pouch to access the ID pocket, and the flap snaps into place for security and compactness.

Antik Kraft is one of four in-house labels owned by California-based MMS Trading, which strives to provide affordable luxury bags (in case that is not an oxymoron). MMS also produces white label products, so you may see their items carrying other brands as well.

My Thoughts

I love that the design of this card holder conceals the ID pocket. The snapping design also holds the cards in place, so only 3 out of the 9 slots are unprotected. This makes me feel a lot better about using the card holder – both my identity and my cards are secure!

The card holder is not perfect, though. If you put cards in every pocket, the zipper tends not to glide very smoothly. And furthermore, the card slots suffer from that all-too-common inconsistency in depth, so that the cards don’t line up nicely. Some of the cards virtually disappear into the pocket, while others are visible nearly to the halfway mark.

All in all, I feel neutral about this card holder. I will give it a shot at earning a place in my purse, but I have a feeling that I will soon be rotating back to the usual suspects.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this card holder is $18. As of the time of publication, this card holder is not available for sale through retail channels.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box, you may be out of luck. But you should still feel free to check out the full Antik Kraft line. Happy shopping!

3. Something Blessed: Bless, Exclusive Winter Beanie in Hot Pink

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is an exclusive hot pink beanie from Bless.

Bless Box Exclusive Pink Beanie

About

As the name suggests, this hot pink beanie is an exclusive item commissioned by Bless. It has a subtle brand label with a cute cursive “b” inside a pale pink heart, and it is otherwise plain.

My Thoughts

This beanie is a really cute addition to my wardrobe. I am a big fan of bold colors and jewel tones, but I struggle to keep things interesting in the winter. This hat will surely spice up my often drab winter outerwear game.

I had heard through the sub box grapevine that the hats smelled like mildew, so I was bracing for that when my box arrived. I loathe the smell of mildew and I am always able to detect it. Unfortunately, my beanie was not spared. It must have gotten damp (or never dried) sometime between manufacture and arrival on my doorstep. The good news is that the smell disappeared with just one wash, but it was a bit of a downer to receive a stinky item in the box. And now, more than ever, I understand why clothing and accessories tend to be packed with a desiccant!

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this beanie is $25. As it is an exclusive item, we cannot verify this claim, but it does seem a tad inflated.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box, you are going to have to buddy up to someone who got a bit luckier. OR you can sign up for a monthly subscription now with code BUNDLEUP to get this beanie and a few other Bonus Box goodies in your first box.

4. Something Powerful: Dr. Axe, Multi-Collagen Protein Stick Pack (10.2 g)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a single-serving collagen stick pack from Dr. Axe.

About

This collagen stick contains five types of collagen from four different sources: grass-feed beef, chicken bone broth, wild pollock fish, and eggshell membrane. It is a tasteless and odorless powder that mixes instantly into your favorite drink or smoothie. The collagen is intended to provide skin, gut, and joint support.

My Thoughts

What a great idea! I have never really gotten into protein powder, and I am not the biggest meat eater. But this powder will make it easy for me to make sure that I am getting enough collagen in my diet. My diabetic self especially loves the fact that this powder is zero-carb. A freebie!

Single-serving packaging can be wasteful, but if you save the packets for trips and use a larger tub of powder at home, you can keep up your routine even while traveling.

Ingredients

As noted above, this powder contains byproducts from beef, chicken, egg, and pollock fish. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this collagen stick is $1.10. However, I was not able to find such a great price, so I would actually bump this up to $1.19. Not a massive difference, but it can add up to over $33/year with daily use.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some collagen goodness for yourself, you can buy it from Amazon.

5. Something Protecting: Kérastase, Ciment Thermique Blow Dry Primer (150 ml)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 150 ml bottle of Ciment Thermique Blow Dry Primer from Kérastase.

About

This resurfacing milk is meant to straighten damaged hair. It is supposed to restore shine and a flexible feel to dry and brittle hair with a “thermo-seal glazing” effect.

My Thoughts

This stuff smells amazing! Like, really amazing. Like, would it be weird if I just sat here inhaling it like a bouquet of followers?

I tend to be picky about my hair products. Inexplicably, I have both thin hair strands and a ton of hair. So I definitely need products to prevent humidity frizzy, but most of the heavy-hitting products leave my hair sticky and dull. My go-to product is not available in Japan ????, so I have been on the lookout for something that I can get when I’m not in the US.

I have used this primer several times. Even though my hair is very dry, damaged, and way overdue for a trim, this stuff has left my hair shiny and lightweight. This is a full-sized item that will take me a while to finish, but when I do, I am very likely to repurchase. What a great find!

Ingredients

This milk contains tamarind seed oil and “resurrection plant” leaf oil (from the African Myrothamnus flabellifolius plant). If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this primer is $37. However, I am able to find it online in several places for $31 or so. So I would knock it back by about $6.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some of this luscious stuff for yourself, you can snatch it for 30% off during Lookfantastic’s Kérastase sale or from Amazon.

6. Something Conditioning: Pistaché Skincare, Whipped Pistachio Body Butter (1 oz)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 1 oz packet of pistachio oil body butter from Pistaché Skincare.

About

This body butter contains pistachio oil for its anti-aging properties and blue-green algae for the vitality that it lends to the skin. Pistaché has nicknamed it the “Boyfriend Body Butter.”

As a bonus, the product is non-GMO, paraben-free, sulfate-free, free of artificial colors and fragrances, cruelty-free, and sustainably packaged with 100% wind energy.

My Thoughts

It is impossible to overstate how delicious this body butter smells. I am a diehard almond oil fan, and the aroma of almond extract never gets old for me. But this pistachio oil might be my new favorite…

It also works incredibly well. My thirsty hands got just a tiny dose of this stuff, and even an hour later, they are still dewy and silky smooth.

The only reason I hesitate to fully endorse this product is that, as mom to a peanut-allergic kiddo, the idea that people might be walking around lathered in anaphylaxis-inducing skincare products is, frankly, terrifying. But if I sleep in it and then shower before going out, it’s not much different than eating pistachios myself, so I don’t have to feel so guilty about it. And this stuff is so heavenly that I am dying to lather up before bed and lull myself into some sweet, pistachio-coated dreams.

I’m not so secretly OBSESSED — can you tell? This may be my favorite item in the box.

Ingredients & Allergens

In addition to pistachio seed oil and blue-green algae, this product contains pistachio extract, aloe leaf juice, grape seed oil, shea butter, mountain arnica extract, spirulina, matricaria flower extract, cucumber extract, ivy extract, mallow extract, neem leaf extract, mango seed butter, murumuru butter, diamond powder, Vitamin E, elder tree extract, lime extract, Italian olive fruit extract, and wall pellitory extract.

As you can tell from the branding, this product is not safe for those who are allergic to pistachios, and those with allergies to other tree nuts should exercise caution unless they have already confirmed that pistachios are safe.

The list above is not comprehensive, so if you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this body butter is $8.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some more of this body butter for yourself, you can order a full-sized jar from Amazon.

7. Something Healing: Ollie Belle, Cover Dot Acne Care (36 count)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 36-dot pack of Ollie Belle Acne Cover Dots.

About

Ollie Belle cover dots are cruelty-free hydrocolloid patches made in the USA and registered with the U.S. FDA. They are waterproof and have tapered edges for subtlety, and they work without drugs to remove and absorb exudate from acne. You can even use them on popped pimples!

My Thoughts

Fortunately, I am not very prone to acne as a 30-something with combination skin, but I do get the occasional t-zone blemish when my body is especially run down. From other reviews, these dots seem to be quite effective, so I am very excited to see if they can help me overcome my next breakout!

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this pack of acne dots is $12.50.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some more dots for yourself, you can get them from Amazon.

8. Something Neat: Flint, Lint Roller in Arctic Wind

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a lint roller from Flint.

About

This marble-patterned lint roller is retractable and twirls up from the base, with no need to uncap before using. It is also refillable, and it has even won three separate awards. What other lint roller can say that?

My Thoughts

I love the beautiful marbled swirl pattern and the glossy, durable finish of the roller case. The twirling mechanism is very smooth, and it takes just seconds to open and use the roller before pushing it closed. The roller paper itself is extra sticky, as advertised, and it picked up a bunch of invisible lint from my pajamas.

When I tried it on some navy pants that are somehow magnets for every last fabric particle in my home, it worked like a charm.

Beautiful and functional? Sign me up!

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this lint roller is $9.99. However, it is available directly from Flint for only $7.99, so I would knock $2 off the price.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some more Flint goodness, you can buy your own from Amazon.

9. Something Golden: Lonvitalité, 24k Gold & Collagen Eye Mask (1 pair)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 24k gold and collagen eye mask from Lonvitalité.

About

This eye mask uses gold as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory material, and the higher carat value is supposed to prevent the gold from seeping into the skin and causing toxicity. The collagen is for plumping and firming, and together with the gold, it is supposed to have an anti-aging effect.

Lonvitalité is a family-owned Australian skincare company that makes cruelty-free, all-natural face, lip, and eye masks.

My Thoughts

I am always on the lookout for new masks and treatments to add to my shelf, and my eyes take an especially hard beating in my make-up routine. It’s great to discover a new mask that will allow me to pamper this sensitive area.

Ingredients

This mask contains soy, red algae extract, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, grape seed extract, rose essential oil, and gold powder.

The list above is not exhaustive. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this eye mask is $6.95. However, a 6-pack costs $35 AUD ($25 USD), which gives a price per mask of $4.17. Because I can’t find single-mask offerings available at a higher price point, I will knock about $2.78 off the price.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to stock up, you can buy them from Amazon.

10. Something Brilliant: La Tweez, Black Illuminating Tweezers with Diamond Dust Tips

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is this tweezer kit from La Tweez.

About

This tweezer kit comes in a beautiful case that contains a mirror, and they have a beautiful design adorned with a genuine Swarovski crystal. And the tweezers have a bright LED light between the tongs, so that you can get every last hair even under poor lighting conditions. The mirror, case, and light combo makes these tweezers perfect for easy plucking on the go.

My Thoughts

I love the gorgeous case! It’s a clever design, and I love that the mirror is tucked away inside the tube for protection. The tweezers themselves are also beautiful and easy to grip.

Most importantly, the light changes everything! The tweezers are not quite as fine-tipped as my go-to Tweezerman, so I don’t think these will alter my tweezing routine. But the light will absolutely make a difference in a pinch, because lighting is often less than ideal when you are plucking on the go. Also, my blonde friends will appreciate the extra boost in finding those tiny hairs that are nearly impossible to see.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this tweezer kit is $36.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some of these babies for yourself, you can buy them in a bunch of different colors from Amazon.

11. Something Kissable: Hanalei, Lip Treatment in Mauve Pink (5 ml)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 5 ml tube of lip treatment in mauve pink from Hanalei.

About

This petroleum-based lip treatment is ultra-hydrating and lends a subtle pop of pink color. It contains kukui seed oil sourced from the state tree of Hawaii for an extra moisturizing and softening effect.

My Thoughts

I am a lipstick junkie and lipstick dramatically changes my look, but my lips are prone to severe chapping. As a result, sometimes I have to take a break from color. So I am thrilled to get another moisturizing treatment that also has a pop of color.

Wow, this stuff really works. The hydrating effect is long-lasting, and it goes on very smoothly. The color is subtle and pretty, versatile enough to be worn without make-up or during a night out.

This tube should last for a long time, because you don’t need to use much product for full coverage. When it eventually runs out, I can definitely see myself buying more of this yummy goodness, especially because I am a sucker for all things Hawaiian.

Ingredients

In addition to the kukui seed oil, this lip treatment contains castor seed oil, beeswax, shea butter, grape seed oil, agave leaf extract, safflower seed oil, olive oil, and vanilla bean extract.

The list above is not comprehensive. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this lip treatment is $6.67.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some more of this lip treatment, you can buy a 3-pack of mini tubes from Amazon in any of the following colors:

You can also grab larger tubes from Amazon in the following colors:

12. Something Bright: Amazing Cosmetics, Illuminate Primer + Highlighter in Rose (2 ml)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 2 ml tube of Illuminate Primer + Highlighter in Rose from Amazing Cosmetics.

About

This lightweight, water-based, cruelty-free primer and highlighter can be worn alone for a sheer glow, as a foundation base, or as a highlighter. It is made in the USA and is cruelty-free.

My Thoughts

Wow, this is a tiny sample! But you really need just the tiniest amount to get a pretty sheen, so I think it will last long enough to decide whether to repurchase.

Ingredients

This primer contains daisy flower extract. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this primer is $5. However, it contains less than 5% the amount contained in the full-sized version, which has an MSRP of $35. I think even $2 is generous, so I would knock $3 off the price tag.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box, or you want to have more of this primer and highlighter, you can purchase the full size from Amazon in the following tints:

The “Glow” color is also available from Lookfantastic as part of the Photo Finish Set.

13. Something Glowing: NKD SKN, Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturizer (50 ml)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 50 ml tube of Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturizer from NKD SKN.

About

This paraben-free, perfume-free, and alcohol-free moisturizer creates a subtle glow in 4-8 hours, and you can repeat the application daily for a deeper glow. It is advertised to be suitable for all skin tones. It also moisturizes while tanning, so there is no need to double up with lotion.

My Thoughts

It is so hard to find a great tanning lotion that works for your own skin, and it can be a big mistake to invest in a full-sized product before trying it out. So I absolutely love receiving tanning samples in my beauty boxes. I’m heard a lot about this one, and I’m excited to try it out!

Ingredients

This tanning lotion contains organic aloe leaf extract, organic shea butter, organic melon fruit extract, natural grape seed extract, organic ginkgo biloba leaf extract, natural bladderwrack seaweed extract, organic lychee fruit extract, and organic raspberry seed extract.

Those with iodine or shellfish allergies should exercise caution because bladderwrack is a natural iodine source.

The list above is not exhaustive. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this tanning moisturizer is $10. However, NKD SKN sells the full-sized version of this product, which contains 5x the moisturizer, for use $14.99. So $10 feels like quite a stretch, even if we account for the typical practice of charging a higher unit price for travel sizes. I’m going to knock this one down to $5.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to prolong your glow, you can get a travel size 2-pack or a full size from Amazon.

14. Something Hydrating: Soapiary, Bamboo Hydrating Soap (5 oz)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 5 oz bar of Bamboo Hydrating Soap from Soapiary.

Soapiary Bamboo Hydrating Bar Soap

About

This luxury soap is vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and sulfate-free, and it is not tested on animals. The bar has been triple-milled to generate an impossibly smooth texture and a rich lather. As a bonus, it should last longer than a traditional bar of soap.

The soap contains shea butter, as well as sustainably harvested palm oil and Vitamins A, C, and E.

My Thoughts

I loved the Citrus Coriander Soapiary bar in the December 2018 Bless Box, so I am so excited to receive another bar! Through the packaging, this soap smells really clean and luxurious. It is going to be hard to decide which bar to use first.

Ingredients

If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this soap is $4.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some more Soapiary bars for your collection, you can purchase 6-packs of any of the following scents from Amazon:

15. Something Yummy: Corazonas, Heartbar Oatmeal Square Mini in Cranberry Flax (25 g)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a Heartbar Oatmeal Square Mini from Corazonas.

About

This non-GMO, gluten-free oatmeal bar was made in the USA. It packs a nutritional punch, with 3 g of protein, 8 of whole grains, and 3 g of fiber.

Expiration date: March 13, 2019.

My Thoughts

I am a big fan of snack bars that contain a large dose of fiber and protein, because they are fabulous for my blood sugar as a type 1 diabetic.

This snack looks positively delectable and, fortunately, it tastes as good as it looks! Unlike many bars that leave a burning acidity in the mouth, this one goes down smoothly and the flavors really shine through. I think I’ve found a new favorite snack…

Ingredients

This bar contains rolled oats, date paste, tapioca syrup, invert syrup, whey protein, egg whites, sunflower oil, cranberries, apple juice, corn, plum puree, vegetable glycerine, natural plant sterols, inulin, flaxseed meal, baking soda, soy lecithin, citric acid, cinnamon, salt, and natural flavors.

Allergic friends take note: this bar contains milk, egg, and soy, and it is made on equipment that also processes wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts. And even though it is gluten-free, it is made in a facility that also processed wheat, barley, or rye.

If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this oatmeal square is $1.50. This is just under 1/12 the cost of a 12-pack of full-sized bars, so it seems fair to me.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some of this yumminess for yourself, you can get 12-packs of the following 12 flavors from Amazon – and they are double the size of the sample in the box:

16. Something Motivating: Sticky Be, Yoga Ankle Socks in Stone Grey/White

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a pair of stone grey/white women’s yoga ankle socks from Sticky Be Socks.

About

These one-size-fits-all ankle socks are made in China and are 80% cotton / 20% spandex.

The socks have a no-slip grip on the soles, but inside of the typical boring design, they include the message, “be grateful.” This message is also printed across the top of the toes.

My Thoughts

My feet are a women’s US 6.5/7, and these socks are pretty snug and ankle-hugging on my feet. I can’t imagine that they would really work that well for a larger-footed person, despite the claim that one size fits all.

That aside, the socks do fit me, and I actually love the snug fit. Nothing is worse than saggy socks that slide down your feet! The grippy soles are unexpectedly fabulous, especially because the floors in my home can be very slippery with socks on. I can see these socks converting me into a sock-wearing couch potato, which is saying a lot.

As a bonus, I really love the cute inspirational message. In Japan, we are in and out of our shoes all day long, so I love wearing socks with some visual interest. Score!

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this pair of socks is $16.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some more of these socks, they come in a bunch of fun colors and are available through Amazon except where indicated:

You can even bundle and save:

  • 3-pack: Fire “Be Bold” / Burgundy “Be Grateful” / Haze “Be Focused”
  • 2-pack: Black & White “Be Brave” / Heather Grey & White “Be Calm”
  • 3-pack: Black & Pink “Be Brave” / Peony & White “Be Positive” / Grey & Candy Pink “Be Present”

17. Something Magical: Neat Skincare Co. NY, Selfie Magic Facial Oil & Makeup Primer in Organic Argan + Sweet Orange + Vit E. (30 ml)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a full-sized 30 ml vial of Selfie Magic Facial Oil & Makeup Primer in Organic Argan + Sweet Orange + Vit E. from Neat Skincare Co. NY.

Neat Skin Care Co NY Selfie Magic Facial Oil/Make-Up Primer

About

This paraben-free, cruelty-free, dye-free, vegan facial oil is made in the USA and contains only the ingredients listed in the name. According to Neat, argan oil contains antioxidants and reduces inflammation while moisturizing, sweet orange oil also reduces inflammation and promotes collagen production, and Vitamin E reduces wrinkles.

To use, you can apply 2-3 drops to your palm and apply to face prior to applying foundation, or you can mix 1-2 drops with your foundation.

My Thoughts

I love the orange aroma of this oil, and I am really digging the extremely short ingredient list. After reading this summary of its benefits, I am excited to see what this all-purpose argan oil can do for my combination skin.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this facial oil is $31.99.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get a vial of this oil for yourself, you can get it directly from Neat Skin Care.

18. Something Juicy: Soon Skincare, Hydrating Watermelon Lip Mask (3 g)

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a single-use Hydrating Watermelon Lip Mask from Soon Skincare.

About

This hydrogel lip mask is made in Korea and promises a hydrating and plumping effect, and with long-term use, it is supposed to infuse your lips with collagen.

Soon Skincare was founded by two American friends and mothers, one of whom has a family connection to Korea. The co-founders worked closely with Korean skin chemists to develop skin, lip, and eye masks that would allow them to bring the best of Korean beauty to the U.S. market.

My Thoughts

I have the world’s driest lips, especially in the winter. So I am always excited to sample new lip treatments and masks. This mask looks heavenly, and I may just have to sneak away for some me-time to try it tonight!

Ingredients

This lip mask contains carrageen moss algae powder, carob gum, castor oil, guar gum, glucose, aloe leaf juice powder, collagen, and extracts from the following fruits: watermelon, apple, grape, grapefruit, kiwi, yuzu, orange, and lemon. Sounds like the world’s most delicious smoothie!

The list above is not comprehensive. If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this lip mask is $4.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get more masks for long-term treatment, you can find them in the following flavors from Amazon:

19. Something Chic: XenClip, Large XenClip in Hematite

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a large XenClip in Hematite.

About

This beautiful one-piece clip promises to reinvent the bun, allowing you to create the perfect updo no matter the thickness of your hair.

My Thoughts

My hair routine is a bit tired, and I am always looking for ways to add style without adding a lot of work. In fact, my myasthenia gravis makes it hard to style my hair, so I am totally excited to have a ponytail alternative for those days when I can’t be bothered to wash and dry it.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this hair clip is $15.50. But XenClip sells large hematite clips for $11, so I will knock $4.50 off the value of this item.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some more clips in different colors and sizes, here is just a small sample of the variations you can find on Amazon:

The other colors are 24K Gold, 925 Silver, Ash, Auburn, Blonde, Copper, and Platinum, and you can get any color in any size.

20. Something Travel Ready: Nion Beauty, Opus 2Go Brushes

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a 3-pack of Opus 2Go Brushes from Nion Beauty.

About

These silicone facial brushes are disposable and portable, easy to throw in your bag before your next jaunt out of town. The brushes use a Kinetic Skin Cleansing System to cleanse the skin with gentle vibrations rather than abrasion, as well as S-ion technology to clear free radicals. Each brush can be used for up to one week.

My Thoughts

Even though they are all the rage in Japan, I have never taken the plunge to try facial brushes. What a great excuse to start!

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this set of facial cleaning brushes is $29.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to re-stock, you can get another travel pack from Amazon.

21. Something 100% All Natural: Green Goo, Skin Repair Travel Tin

The next item in the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box is a travel tin of Skin Repair from Green Goo.

About

This balm relieves symptoms and reduces inflammation, wrinkles, minor burns, sun spots, puffy eyes, sunburns, after-sun care, and sunburns.

Green Goo is a B-corporation and a woman- and family-owned business. Its products are made in the USA. They are also free of petroleum, paragons, mineral oil and artificial ingredients.

My Thoughts

I love Green Goo and am so excited to receive another tin, after receiving the First Aid travel tin in the December 2018 Bless Box.

The aroma of this rub isn’t my favorite, but when your skin is irritated, that’s the last thing that concerns you.

Ingredients

I love the ingredient list for this balm: rose hip seed oil, blue chamomile oil, blue yarrow oil, organic aloe oil, organic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, Vitamin E, organic olive oil, helichrysum essential oil, and organic beeswax. It is also gluten-free. Hooray!

If you have allergies or sensitivities, you should check the full ingredient list before using.

Retail Value

Bless Box claims that the MSRP of this balm is $9.95.

Stock Up

If you missed the Winter Bonus Box or you want to get some more of this goodness, you can purchase a travel tin, a 4 oz tub or, better yet, an “Everyday Care” travel pack that includes the Skin Repair, First Aid, and Dry Skin salves, as well as 2 lip balms: Citrus Zest and Cool Mint.

Value & Verdict

My total cost for the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box, with the special discount, was $49.99. Shipping was $10 more, for a total price of $59.99.

The total retail value of the items in the box was as follows:

  • 1. Something Peachy: A’del Natural Cosmetics, Lipstick in Barely There (4 g): $22
  • 2. Something Stylish: Antik Kraft, Card Holder in Mustard: $18
  • 3. Something Blessed: Bless, Exclusive Winter Beanie in Hot Pink: $25
  • 4. Something Powerful: Dr. Axe, Multi-Collagen Protein Stick Pack (10.2 g): $1.10
  • 5. Something Protecting: Kérastase, Ciment Thermique Blow Dry Primer (150 ml): $37
  • 6. Something Conditioning: Pistaché Skincare, Whipped Pistachio Body Butter (1 oz): $8
  • 7. Something Healing: Ollie Belle, Cover Dot Acne Care (36 dots): $12.50
  • 8. Something Neat: Flint, Lint Roller in Arctic Wind: $9.99
  • 9. Something Golden: Lonvitalité, 24k Gold & Collagen Eye Mask (1 pair): $6.95
  • 10. Something Brilliant: La Tweez, Black Illuminating Tweezers with Diamond Dust Tips: $36
  • 11. Something Kissable: Hanalei, Lip Treatment in Mauve Pink (5 ml): $6.67
  • 12. Something Bright: Amazing Cosmetics, Illuminate Primer + Highlighter in Rose (2 ml): $5
  • 13. Something Glowing: NKD SKN, Gradual Glow Daily Tan Moisturizer (50 ml): $10
  • 14. Something Hydrating: Soapiary, Bamboo Hydrating Soap (5 oz): $4
  • 15. Something Yummy: Corazonas, Heartbar Oatmeal Square Mini in Cranberry Flax (25 g): $1.50
  • 16. Something Motivating: Sticky Be, Yoga Ankle Socks in Stone Grey/White: $16
  • 17. Something Magical: Neat Skincare Co. NY, Selfie Magic Facial Oil & Makeup Primer in Organic Argan + Sweet Orange + Vit E. (30 ml): $31.99
  • 18. Something Juicy: Soon Skincare, Hydrating Watermelon Lip Mask (3 g): $4
  • 19. Something Chic: XenClip, Large XenClip in Hematite: $15.50
  • 20. Something Travel Ready: Nion Beauty, Opus 2Go Brushes: $29
  • 21. Something 100% All Natural: Green Goo, Skin Repair Travel Tin: $9.95

In sum, here’s how the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 from Bless Box measures up:

  • Total retail value: $310.15
  • Total savings over retail: $250.16
  • Average price per item: $2.86

As usual, Bless Box did not disappoint! Overall, I got stunning value with my haul from the Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018. Using the listed values from the brochure, Bless Box beat their promise to deliver “over $300+” in product. To be honest, the value feels a tad inflated ($25 non-branded beanie? $5 micro sample of primer?). Overall, the box was so cheap that we can let it slide. But for the sticklers among you, the actual retail value seems to be $16 less than advertised, or $195.15. Still amazing, right?

In addition to the retail savings, I was very satisfied with the haul itself from my Winter Bonus Box. I received a metric ton of new beauty products to try, as well as a number of goods that are sure to improve my style game. Thanks, Bless Box!

Get your own Snow Day Winter Bonus Box 2018 before they run out, and be sure to enter the “SNOWDAY” coupon code to get your box at the special price of $49.99.

General Information

For general information about Bless Box, including subscription options, cost, shipping, tracking, packaging, charitable giving, and customer experience, see the Bless Box Overview post.

Also, don’t forget to check out the rest of our monthly Bless Box reviews.

And if you are in the market for a fabulous subscription or gift box for women that offers global shipping, check out our round-up of the top 10 subscriptions for women who live abroad!

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